It seems that Newcastle have a number of striker options, but if these fail, they will turn again to Marlon Harwood, who started to look good towards the end of his loan spell last year, when he scored 5 goals for the Magpies.
Marlon Harewood – could still arrive on loan in January
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Newcastle are looking at other striker targets with Sheffield United’s £2M striker Billy Sharp a player currently taking their interest.l;
And the club are also reported to be looking at Scunthorpe forward Gary Hooper – that’s the player that Leeds wanted to replace Beckford if he left the League One club for the Magpies.
We have a feeling that Peter Lovenkrands improved form, will help a loan move for Harewood, because Peter has already said he likes playing with the big man, and they could form one good partnership up front, through the end of the season.
And apparently Aston Villa are not looking for a £1.25M loan fee, which was widely reported over the last month or so – we wonder who made that one up?
Some fans, including my son Neil, think we don’t need another striker, and we already have Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger and Carroll to call on. But we have to remember that Carroll and Ranger are not too experienced, and that’s something that Marlon can provide, and he can in fact assist them in their football development.
And we were told yesterday that both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood were talking to Danny Simpson, probably trying to get him to accept the £10K/week that has been offered to him for this season.
Chris said today:
“Danny’s one that we’re still working on,” “Once he’s out on that pitch, he’s a very committed player who will give everything.”
“I’ll have to see him, but officially, he’s a Manchester United player until it’s decided otherwise.”
“We’re still working and making decisions. The most important thing is to bring in the lads we need in the areas we need, and we’d like to do that as soon as possible.”
So we could still see both Marlon and Danny arrive soon, but Newcastle are making this transfer business look awfully hard and complicated this cold January.